Impact

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INDEPENDENT LENS RELEASES STORIES FOR JUSTICE IMPACT REPORT

Audience data shows documentaries increased understanding about the inequities in the U.S. justice system

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Belly of the Beast’s Impactful Engagement Strategy

Documentary film aims to end sterilizations in women’s prisons and to get reparations for survivors

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STORIES FOR JUSTICE

A public media partnership born out of a growing groundswell of interest in criminal justice issues

Connected thousands of emerging and seasoned racial justice leaders through screenings of The Black Panthers in 90 cities.

For Viewers

Airing weekly on PBS, this Emmy Award-winning series is television’s leading showcase of independent documentaries, and brings vital conversations directly to communities on-the-ground and online via the programs below.

Indie Lens Pop-Up

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

OVEE

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 200,000 attendees and counting.

DocSCALE

A participatory feedback platform developed by ITVS, DocSCALE, will help gather insights from audiences in their own words, engaging communities while surfacing data that documents the evolution of understanding, dialogue, and civic decision-making at the local level.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. We Remember Julia Reichert

    December 2, 2022

    By ITVS StaffIt is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we write of the passing of documentary filmmaker extraordinaire Julia Reichert, after a lengthy journey with cancer.  Julia was so much a part of the documentary landscape for decades that it would be difficult to properly summarize all of her important contributions to film. She was a member of the

  2. ”The Process Is the Product” A Values-Based Approach to Documentary Filmmaking

    November 28, 2022

    “Power shapes content!” Chi-hui Yang captured in three words an unspoken truth about the practice of documentary filmmaking. In the four years since the JustFilm head’s keynote at the 2018 International Documentary Association’s Getting Real conference, filmmakers have contended with a racial reckoning, a global pandemic, and their own approach to

  3. Independent Lens Raises Awareness of Harms Caused by Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender Law

    June 30, 2022

    Independent Lens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Louisville Courier Journal (LCJ) raised awareness of Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender (PFO) through a collaboration between independent filmmakers and journalists. The investigative series drew a link between the law's enhanced sentencing terms to the state’s high and growing prison